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Ryan Bourne
24 February 2015
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In an age of big challenges, the general election campaign seems to be throwing up a host of small ideas. The Labour Party is currently quibbling internally over how to finance a policy of cutting...
Kristian Niemietz
23 February 2015
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Among the more reasonable supporters of the single-payer model of healthcare, a common argument is that while the NHS may not literally be the ‘envy of the world’, at least it is better...
Peter Ainsworth
26 January 2015
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Liam Byrne, shadow universities minister, was quoted in the New Statesman recently in relation to tuition fees, saying: ‘We've just got to ask ourselves, how much more debt are we going to...
Ryan Bourne
14 January 2015
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Last week, dreadful headlines and stories on A&E waiting times dominated the front pages of almost every national newspaper. If not for the sickening events in Paris the following day, the NHS...
Kristian Niemietz
8 January 2015
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In the early 2000s, long waiting times at Accident and Emergency departments were commonplace. About one in five patients was stuck in the waiting room for longer than four hours before being seen....
Sam Collins
21 November 2014
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We need to have a serious talk. The topic may be painful. Being faced with the warts of a much-loved figure often is. But it is crueller by far to let it die the death of a thousand cuts, a thousand...
Kristian Niemietz
7 November 2014
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When I first heard about Sushi in the early 2000s, like many others, I found the idea of eating raw fish very strange. When a friend urged me to give it a try, I flatly refused. - ‘Why on earth...
Kristian Niemietz
3 November 2014
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I always find it bemusing when some protest group seeks to prevent the opening of a supermarket, or a fast food outlet, on the grounds that ‘the local community’ does not want it. If that...
Len Shackleton
24 October 2014
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Earlier this week the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the results of two related research projects evaluating the effects of providing 15 hours a week of ‘free’ childcare to three-...
Peter Ainsworth
23 October 2014
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As the father of four children who graduated in the last few years, I understood and sympathised with their concern about tuition fee debts and the difficulties of finding a rewarding occupation....
Kristian Niemietz
3 October 2014
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A while ago, a friend from abroad who was visiting me in London asked me what I thought about the government’s plans to privatise the NHS. Slightly irritated, I assured him that no such plans...
Philip Booth
3 September 2014
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It is often argued by proponents of free markets – especially within the Conservative Party – that we should not pursue equality of outcomes but, instead, pursue equality of opportunity....
Jonathan Stanley
7 August 2014
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Seemingly not a day goes by without a politician rallying voters with promises to improve NHS waiting times. Outside the UK this must be a very odd spectacle. This level of religious zeal for waiting...
Kristian Niemietz
30 July 2014
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One of the standard arguments against allowing private providers into the health sector is that these would cherry-pick the healthiest, easiest-to-treat patients, leaving behind a sicker patient...
Kristian Niemietz
11 July 2014
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Commentators who celebrated the Commonwealth Fund’s health system rankings, in which the NHS came out as the best system in the world, did not fail to point out that most other countries in the...
Ryan Bourne
8 July 2014
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With Monty Python at the O2 arena and ongoing coverage of the NHS, I was reminded last week of the Python sketch showing a lady giving birth. Unfortunately for her, the doctors played by John Cleese...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2014
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One of the standard arguments for decentralisation is that if political decisions are taken in closer proximity to the people affected, they will be better targeted and more responsive to the...
Ryan Bourne
1 July 2014
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Few subjects generate emotion in UK politics like the funding of the NHS. Warnings of the health service’s imminent collapse are ten a penny, while politicians love to talk about ‘saving...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2014
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‘The NHS has been declared the world's best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health’, a...
Len Shackleton
25 June 2014
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland are unique in that the provision of school examinations is not a state monopoly. When external examinations for schools were introduced a century and a half ago...